August 30, 1926 ~ August 7, 2022
Juanita Jenice Jenkins London, a resident of Covington, Louisiana was born on August 30th, 1926, in Birmingham, Alabama. She passed away on August 7th, 2022 from complications of kidney failure at the age of 95, while surrounded by her loving family holding her hands. Juanita is preceded in death by her husband John A. London and survived by daughter Deborah London Hafner (husband Robert Hafner), grandchildren Melissa Canale, Dawn Pohlmann, Lance Arthur and great grandchildren Taylor-Lawren Druery, Tad Druery, Race Pohlmann, Connor Arthur, Charles Canale III, Sawyer Pohlmann and Alora-Rose Thomas; son John A. London III, grandchildren Katy Theriot, John A. London IV and great grandchildren Madi London, Riley Theriot, John London V. ; son Steven London; son Gregory London; and daughter Michelle London Holley (husband Daniel Holley) grandchildren Sarah Derums ,Amanda LeBlanc*, Vivian Holley, Daniel Holley Jr.
Juanita was a registered nurse and dedicated her life caring for others. She began her nursing journey in Birmingham, Alabama where she attended nursing school at Caraway Hospital during World War II. During her many years of nursing she cared for the smallest of newborns just entering this world and during the end of her own career at Villa Feliciana Geriatric Hospital, caring for the elderly that had walked this earth much longer than she.
Juanita loved to garden and could name any plant, butterfly, or bird that had the pleasure of calling her beautiful garden their home. She had a love of reading and for that reason she had traveled all around the world and knew people that she never even met. She loved to read out on her courtyard that was filled with life and the sound of wind chimes and her beautiful iron fountain. She always kept the holidays magical; filled with tradition for all the generations to come. There was no holiday too small to be celebrated and if you ever had the pleasure to enter her home during Christmas to walk among her angel collection which hung from beautifully lit clouds which covered her walls. If you attended a Fourth of July celebration you would see, hundreds flags that were newly ironed waving in the sunlight on that morning. You also may have gotten to sing Happy Birthday to a flag cake that had so many candles on it that even fireworks at night could not top it, you knew you would never experience anything like it ever again.
Juanita never met a stranger and was always up for an adventure. She loved life more than her coffee. Her feet loved to feel the earth and sand beneath them, her hands held many precious babies of her own, her children’s and her grandchildren’s, they also told stories of digging for bottles and finding a beautiful shell; her shoulders have put babies to sleep, been there for tears to drop or just a place to feel safe, even to her own who have grown. Her ears have heard almost 100 years of stories from many generations. These stories have told the beginnings of babies first cries, birds chirping, frogs croaking in the night and hummingbird’s wings fluttering. Her eyes have seen butterflies, beginnings and ends of sunrises and sunsets, as wells as tides that have come and gone. She found beauty in all that was around her and had a piece of knowledge to share along with a story if you were lucky enough to cross her path. She loved her family and friends and whether you knew her as Mama, Neno, Nita, or Mrs. London, she will live on through the traditions she has passed on and the stories we all share about her beautiful life. The family will have visitation at Zachary United Methodist Church, 4205 Church Street, Zachary, LA, on Friday, August 12,2022 from 8:30am until 10:30am. At 11:00am, a memorial service will be held at Port Hudson National Cemetery, Zachary, LA.